Three Wishes for 2019

I have missed my goal of a higher number of posts in 2018 than I wrote in 2017.
So I have adjusted my goal to that of an average of at least two per month. And in the interest of hitting this new goal, here is a short post on a topic suggested to me by a fellow LARPer:

Three Wishes for LARP Experiences for 2019

This isn’t…. three LARPs/LARP events that exist I’d like to attend. (I pretty much want to attend nearly every LARP out there, anyway…) Just experiences off the top of my head I’d like to see written/inserted into LARPs that are accessible to me in 2019. In no particular order…

1. Interactions with live animals

I know of some examples that have already happened. There’s a western LARP in the Czech Republic that had real horses. I know of a small theater LARP that ran locally with a real rabbit (a kindergarten class’s pet), and there was a dog running around at the event of Beyond the Wall that I played. (The dog was very cute, and really added to the immersion — it was very logical for our outpost to have one.)

I have seen online discussion on this topic, in which people state “animals in LARPs cannot and should not be done”. This is a little odd to me, as I saw this sort of statement pop up a few times in a thread where people were offering examples of it actually having been done. I think people sometimes walk into such conversations with a live combat-centric LARP point of view (and maybe aren’t reading the entire thread before responding). But I have seen it done and heard of it done, and I’d like to experience it for myself.

(Think about it — animals are always perfectly in-character.)

2. LARPing in water.

I know this kind of thing also happens — there are short theater LARPs written to run in pools (and now at least one that runs in a hot tub). I have had at least one encounter with mermaids in a pool. (Didn’t get to swim with them, but it was still pretty cool.) But I have played a great many live combat campaign events at campsites that have lakes, and never gone near the docks to go swimming, or boating, or have encounters with water dwelling NPCs. (Or played a water-dwelling NPC for PCs to encounter in an actual body of water.) There’s something about the somewhat unexpected nature that appeals to me, beyond “here’s a LARP in a swimming pool” (though that sounds good, too.)

There are multiple excellent reasons for this, involving what campsites will permit/the terms under which LARPs rent the sites, safety reasons, logistical reasons, etc. But even if this is a logistical impossibility for the local LARPs that are most accessible to me, I can still dream. (And hopefully catch a run of Prawn at some point.)

3. Modern spy, cloak and dagger stuff in public spaces.

Every time I see this kind of thing on tv or in movies, I want to try it in a LARP. Dead drops of packages, meeting strangers and having back to back conversations with them on public park benches while pretending to read the newspaper, passing verbal codes, all that stuff.

I recognize that there’s a lot that is logistically extremely difficult about the kind of LARPs that run through public spaces, especially with potentially suspicious behavior, (an actual dead drop of an unaccompanied package is for sure a bad idea), but who knows. …And ideally, it would conclude with a black tie party. With martinis. Shaken, not stirred.

If anyone has any wish lists of their own for 2019, please do feel welcome to share in the comments!

About Fair Escape

I've been LARPing since 2004, in all different styles, including both boffer and theater. I love trying out all different styles and genres and formats. I have a sort of "gotta catch 'em all" attitude towards experiencing LARPs. I'm currently serve as a board member of NEIL, a member of proposal com for Intercon, the largest all LARP convention in the US, a member of bid com for the British convention Consequences, and as en editor for Game Wrap, a publication about the art and craft of LARP. I was also con chair of Festival of the LARPs 2017, and I'm on staff for NELCO, the first all LARP conference in the US.
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